Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PM mulls over member's inclusion at meet

Sai Comment:
-Voreqe is so insecure or just flat out shallow in not even realising the irony of his reservation about the attendance of regime critics, Qarase or Rae. Does he not realise that all he is saying is that; anyone who wants to attend the Political Dialogue either come ready to agree with whatever he wants or not come at all? With such level of twisted and confused logic, no wonder Fiji and its people are continuing to suffer at the hands of an unelected and dictatorial regime. Pray God Fiji be rid of it sooner rather than later.

PM mulls over member's inclusion at meet

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is yet to decide whether ousted PM Laisenia Qarase and National Federation Party (NFP) general secretary Pramod Rae should attend the political parties meeting.

Bainimarama told Fijilive he still had a couple of days on his hand to decide whether Qarase and Rae should represent their parties to the meeting scheduled this Friday.

He said the duo had been making a lot of “patriotic comments” and they should reconsider their representations to the meeting.

“We have sent them invitations but I will see how I feel (about them attending the meeting),” Bainimarama said.

“We want people involved in the political dialogue process who are loyal to Fiji and will discuss issues in terms of the national interest of the people of Fiji,” he said.

He said those interested to attend the meeting should in not be there “just to be a parrot spokesman for the Pacific Island Forum, the CMAG (Commonwealth Ministerial Actions Group) and the interest of Australia and New Zealand”.

Bainimarama also expressed disappointment over Qarase’s statements in support of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) report on Fiji.

And he is also reconsidering Rae’s attendance at the meeting following his support of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group’s (CMAG) threat to expel Fiji by September this year.

Attempts to get comments from Qarase and Rae proved futile.

Leaving out SDL not a good move
Publish date/time: 10/03/2009

Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is hoping that Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama is not serious about his threat to leave the SDL out of this Friday’s Forum of political parties.

Qarase said Commodore Bainimarama must realize that leaving out the SDL will not be a good move.

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National Federation Party General Secretary Pramod Rae said he is shocked over Interim Prime Minister's comment that he may not be invited into this Friday's Political Forum.

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Commodore Frank Bainimarama earlier said he is not happy with the comments by Rae supporting the ultimatum given by CMAG on an election date before September 2009 and therefore his participation is questionable.

He said he is also disappointed with SDL leader Laisenia Qarase's statements supporting the International Bar Association where they found no confidence in the rule of law in Fiji and administration of justice in Fiji.

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Bainimarama said a decision on whether or not Rae and Qarase will participate in the Forum will be made before Friday.

The Political Dialogue Forum is expected to take place this Friday.

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